Shu-Min Lin's installation is one of intense emotion, poetics and experimental holographic techniques. By incorporating multiple exposures to his holograms, Lin conveys aspects of eastern religion/philosophy, such as the Buddhist belief in reincarnation. Layering as many as 49 images onto one hologram, (The Reincarnation) Lin creates a complex art in which three-dimensional images of people, bodies and faces disappear and reappear as the audience changes the position of their gaze. In his installations (Glass Ceiling and Chain) it is the viewer's movement that illuminates the forboding images and becomes a part of the art work's narrative. This merger of ancient storytelling and high-tech process, suspend the definitions between real and unreal, outlining an experience in which, what you see, always depends on where you are.
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"Sun Gazing is a 38 feet long series of reflection holograms which is based on a famous Chinese myth about an ordinary man, Qua Foo, who spends his entire life chasing the sun. This myth is a metaphor for everyday life, where we get wrapped up in ordinary concerns, even though we know all life ends in death. This installation piece uses an interactive and moving light source which imitates the movement of the sun. The viewer follows the light beam as it illuminates the holograms to complete a journey of the Sun Gazing."
Shu-Min Lin, 1997
Though Mr. Lin has exhibited his work world wide, this exhibit is his first solo exhibition in New York. The exhibition is part of the Museum's "Discovery Series" which provides the entire exhibition space to an under-recognized artist of outstanding potential. A native of Taiwan, Shu-Min Lin now works in New York and teaches at the New York Institute of Technology.
TAM acknowledges the support of The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support for this exhibition comes from the Tapei Gallery of the Chinese Information and Culture Center, N.Y.C., the Jerome Foundation, the Weatherhead Foundation, The Art Development Committee, The Buhl Foundation, The Asian Cultural Council, and the friends and members of The Alternative Museum.